Let's say that we want to create a Windows Installer package for the included Java Product example. This tutorial will present in detail how to achieve this goal. In order to replicate it on your own machine, you need to have a Sun JDK installed (the latest version is recommended).

Before you start the tutorial download and unzip the Java Product Example. It contains all the files necessary to accomplish this tutorial, including a sample Advanced Installer project.

1. Create project

Start Advanced Installer by selecting it from the “Start” menu. Launching Advanced Installer automatically starts a new installation project. Choose “Java” > “Java Application” as the project type.

Start Page

Save A good idea is to save and name the project at this point. Use the “Save” menu item under the “File” menu or the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut and let's name it JavaProductExample.aip.

2. Enter Product Details

Product Details

Please note that these details are completely fictive.

3. Set Install Parameters

Install ParametersGet to the Install Parameters page by clicking “Install Parameters” on the left side page menu. We won't change anything here, leaving everything to their default values.

4. Add Installation Files

Files and Folders Go to the Files and Folders page by clicking on “Files and Folders” on the left side page menu.

Add File Click on the [ Add File ] toolbar button. Browse to where your downloaded the example folder, then select DemoJar.jar file. Click [ OK ].

Files and Folders

5. Define Java Products

Java ProductsGo to the Java Products page by clicking on “Resources” on the left pane page menu.

New Java ProductCreate a new Java Product by clicking on the [ New Product ] toolbar button. Let's call it Java Product Example.

Java Product

Click on the [ Add JAR(s)... ] button and select the DemoJar.jar file. Click OK.

Edit the Main class to: DemoMainClass

Go to "Virtual Machine" tab and set the JVM parameters to: -Xms64M -Xmx256M

Specify the JRE version min and max to whatever version you have installed on your machine.

Back in the "Settings" tab select GUI Application. Optionally set a splash screen for your java product.

Product Settings

Now a new file has appeared in the Files and Folders Page: Java Product Example.exe.

6. Create program shortcut

Files, Folders and Shortcuts Go to the Files and Folders page by clicking on “Files and Folders” on the left pane page menu.

New ShortcutSelect the Java Product Example.exe file and click on the [ New Shortcut ] toolbar button. Set the description to: Java Product Example Application. Find yourself a nice icon on your computer. Click OK.

New Shortcut

7. Build

BuildClick on the [ Build ] toolbar button.

8. Run, test and remove

Run Click on the [ Run ] toolbar button to run and test the MSI you created. After installation you should have a Java Product Example folder in your “Start” menu. Run the application by selecting Java Product Example.

Menu

To remove the installed package, simply Run it again and select Remove. That's it!

The End

This concludes our tutorial. To learn more, please read the Java Service Installation tutorial.